Leveraging HomePod 2 Temperature and Humidity Sensors and Integrating with Third-Party Devices
Do you own the brand-new HomePod 2 or HomePod small smart speakers? If so, software 16.3 gives you access to built-in temperature and humidity sensors, which may be helpful in a number of ways.
We’ll look at different ways to add the same functionality to the Home app without a HomePod as well as how to set up and use HomePod temperature and humidity sensors.
With its 16.3 update, Apple brought the HomePod mini’s dormant temperature and humidity sensors back to life, and the revived HomePod 2 has the same hardware and software capabilities.
Currently, there is no way to configure a HomePod as your primary thermostat; instead, your home’s HomeKit thermostat, if you have one, continues to operate by default.
However, you may set up automations like turning on your furnace or air conditioner, turning on a smart plug that controls a heater or humidifier, etc. using the temperature and humidity readings in the rooms where you have a HomePod mini or HomePod 2.
We’ll go over how to leverage the temperature and humidity sensors that are already incorporated into HomePods, as well as how to add this capability to the Home app using various third-party gadgets, below.
How to use the HomePod’s humidity and temperature sensors
Only the HomePod 2 and HomePod mini come with temperature and humidity sensors.
Make sure iOS 16.3/HomePod software 16.3 is installed on your iPhone, HomePod mini, or HomePod 2.
For some users, the HomePod 2 is coming with 16.0 – Go to the Home app, choose your HomePod, and then verify and update your software. To access the gear icon, swipe down. search for the most recent update at the top.
If you are unable to upgrade, see our article on a known bug and a fix.
Start the Home app.
At the top, select Climate.
The range of temperatures and humidity should now be visible. Tap one to see more information.
You might notice a Calibrating notification for a while after updating your HomePods to 16.3 before live data becomes available.
You’ll see all devices reporting data when you tap temperature or humidity, including HomePod small, HomePod 2, and HomeKit-enabled thermostats.
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One of your HomePods can be used to set up automation for temperature or humidity.
This is how it appears:
You may now change the name of the HomePod temperature and humidity sensor, add an automation, and adjust other parameters, like as whether it appears in your home summary, among others.